Horizon poll: Small majority support cannabis legislation

A Horizon Research poll of 1593 respondents asked if they would vote yes for the Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill in a non-binding referendum, which will be held alongside the general election.

  • Yes 56%

There is small change in favour of the legislation since a previous poll in February where 54% said Yes, but both are up a lot from an August 2019 poll that had just 39% in support.

I can’t find the results on the Horizon website, this is from an NZ herald report – Growing majority of Kiwis support legalising cannabis, new poll finds – that doesn’t give numbers for No or Don’t Know/Undecided.

Gender in favour:

  • Female 59%
  • Male 52%

By party supporters in favour:

  • Greens 81%
  • Labour 72%
  • ACT 70%
  • NZ First 53%
  • National 38%

The age group most in favour of legalising cannabis was 25-34 years: 72%.
Least in favour were those over 75 years:  27%.

There’s no real surprises in these results.

Respondents to the latest survey came from Horizon’s nationwide research panels and represent the adult population of the 2018 Census with results weighted by factors including age, gender, income and party voted for at the last election. The maximum margin of error is 2.9 per cent.

This poll suggests a leaning towards support of the cannabis legislation but it isn’t a big majority.


About the proposed Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill

The proposed Bill sets out a way for the Government to control and regulate cannabis. This regulatory model covers how people can produce, supply, or consume cannabis.

The Bill’s main purpose is to reduce cannabis-related harm to individuals, families/whānau and communities.The Bill legalises restricted access to cannabis

The Bill would allow people to possess and consume cannabis in limited circumstances.

A person aged 20 or over would be able to:

  • buy up to 14 grams of dried cannabis (or its equivalent) per day only from licensed outlets
  • enter licensed premises where cannabis is sold or consumed
  • consume cannabis on private property or at a licensed premise
  • grow up to 2 plants, with a maximum of 4 plants per household
  • share up to 14 grams of dried cannabis (or its equivalent) with another person aged 20 or over.The Bill’s purpose is to reduce harm to people and communities

The Bill intends to reduce cannabis-related harm to individuals, families/whānau and communities by:

  • providing access to legal cannabis that meets quality and potency requirements
  • eliminating the illegal supply of cannabis
  • raising awareness of the health risks associated with cannabis use
  • restricting young people’s access to cannabis
  • limiting the public visibility of cannabis
  • requiring health warnings on packaging and at the time of purchase
  • improving access to health and social services, and other kinds of support for families/whānau
  • making sure the response to any breach of the law is fair.

The Bill controls the production and supply of cannabis

The Bill would regulate how cannabis is produced and supplied by:

  • limiting the total amount of licensed cannabis for sale
  • controlling the potency and contents of licensed cannabis and cannabis products
  • applying an excise tax when a product is packaged and labelled for sale
  • setting up a licensing system under which all cannabis-related businesses must hold a licence
  • regulating location and trading hours for premises where cannabis is sold or consumed, in consultation with local communities
  • banning people from importing cannabis and allowing only licensed businesses to import cannabis seeds
  • separating businesses that are licensed to grow cannabis and produce cannabis products from businesses that are licensed to operate premises where cannabis can be sold and consumed.

What’s not included in this referendum?

The proposed Bill does not cover medicinal cannabis, hemp, driving while impaired, or workplace health and safety issues. These are covered by existing laws.

Medicinal cannabis is already legal under the Medicinal Cannabis Scheme.

 Learn about medicinal cannabis at health.govt.nz 

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  1. NOEL

     /  29th June 2020

    Don’t know in last Horizon polls hover around 14 percent.

  2. NOEL

     /  29th June 2020

    Oops “pasr”

  3. NOEL

     /  29th June 2020

  4. Duker

     /  29th June 2020

    Horizon doesnt have random callers. It uses a panel with prizes and for the cannabis polls for the pro cannabis lobby sponsored poll they ramp up the prizes to tech goodies that the younger generation like.
    Their results DONT match what the other random callers poll companies result

    Unlike US because of their fairly low turnout for main elections , pollsters look for people who have voted previously as a predictor of will likely vote again.
    Doest happen here , they just match age group and location, income to nationwide averages.
    Older people and people in smaller cities vote more often in NZ than younger age group and first time voters, which is why Greens do worse than there pre election polling.

    • The prizes are a draw; there’s only one for each poll. The phone can be exchanged for its cash value.

      • Duker

         /  29th June 2020

        Well I’m watching TVNZ news now and they say they have a real poll.
        I’m putting up results when they give them to compare. I’ll be surprised if they have same result as Horizon and it’s puppet master Hueuritics
        40% yes
        49% no
        As I thought

  5. Deb murphy

     /  29th June 2020

    Will legalising cannabis bring about a healthier and safer Aotearoa?

    • I don’t think it will make any difference either way, really. People who don’t smoke it aren’t going to start because it’s legal. Alcohol and tobacco are legal, but not everyone uses them (I don’t)

    • Corky

       /  29th June 2020

      No, it will fugg the country up, Deb.

  6. Another cannabis poll today (I presume polling done last week):

    • Duker

       /  29th June 2020

      Not sucha winner after all…..
      Can’t understand why rational people think the cops are going to enforce the age limits and the home grown amounts. As for the the new weed Shoppes, apart from upmarket area ,where they will be staffed by people wearing white coats and high prices to match, tinny houses will still exist and or the text a tinny service will continue as before especially in deprived urban and rural areas.
      Despite the result of the reeferedum it still will part of the police roadside testing next year some time

      • Griff.

         /  30th June 2020

        Yess duker
        You are not rational you are fear mongering rubbish.

        By your logic .
        There are only high end wine boutiques in high income areas no liquor stores in low income areas .
        We all go to the local sly groogers to buy home brew alcohol.

        Your argument is based on ignorance and goes against the examples set around the world
        If you allow enough stores to service demand and they are allowed to sell at a competitive rate you will quickly reduce the black market .
        if, like in some parts of Canada, you restrict the number of sales outlets (41 stores for 13.5 million in Ontario spread over an area 3 times that of NZ ) and make it too expensive you will not.


  7. seer

     /  30th June 2020

    %56% vs 43% is not a small majority.
    That poll shows that 19% of Green party voters are idiots.
    The increasing support trend may reflect demographic changes as prohibitionists die off or got to sunset homes.
    I think the police will be a significant beneficiary of cannabis legalisation.


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